10/25/14 4:40pm

Weeks ago, I re-introduced the Saturday palate cleanser posts (a.k.a. video of the week) on Red Brick Town. During the week, I post things going on in the neighborhood, about road closures, and news/events happening in the Alexandria, Virginia community. So I thought maybe one post during the week could just be for fun. Therefore, a post that will cleanse the palate.

For this week, whether you have had a good week or a bad one, this video of IKEA’s viral Halloween ad will improve it. The ad is a brilliant parody of The Shining don’t you think?

Happy Halloween!

10/25/14 4:19pm

Sometimes it is easy to forget how much the area you live in has to offer. The Washington DC area is famous for its monuments and politics, but did you know it also has a rich musical scene, complete with talented local artists?

Continuing the tradition of showcasing local music with the #MusicSaturday hashtag, here’s local Alexandria group Fuse Box with an original song they performed last year at the now shuttered Old Town Theater.

For more information about Fuse Box, visit this link.

10/25/14 10:44am

For our morning links, while you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.


10/25/14 10:18am

Your extraordinary home for sale in the Landmark / Van Dorn area of Alexandria, Virginia

This extraordinary 2 bedroom, 2 bath condominium is for sale and located at 277 Pickett Street in the Landmark / Van Dorn area  of Alexandria, Virginia. Great Price! Check out the photos! REMINDER: There are dozens of open houses in Alexandria this weekend.

Via the listing

You will not be disappointed. Location is great near 395 and I95 only a mile from the Van Dorn street metro. New carpet, fresh paint. The kitchen features granite countertops, marble floors and stainless steal appliances. Open main level, a contemporary kitchen and two spacious bedrooms. The private balcony is wonderful plus to this great home.

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

Looking for a home for rent or for sale in the Alexandria, Virginia area? Click this link to search our listings.

If you have a home to sell or to rent in the Alexandria, Virginia area, consider putting it in front of the areas FASTEST growing audience. Click this link for details.

10/24/14 5:26pm

REMINDERPlease consider sharing a photo of your own pet by emailing it to me at lee[at]redbricktown[dot]us or drop it in our Flickr Pool. Please let us know the name of your pet and the neighborhood where you live.

We Alexandrians L O V E love our pets. For today’s pet photo of the day, here is our Bea soaking up some sun this afternoon. Bea lives with us in the Carlyle neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia.

Your extraordinary Friday Pet Photo of the Day

10/24/14 5:14pm
This is a Library?

Image via Lia, on Flickr

On Tuesday, November 4, there will be a General Election for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and a proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution. Alexandrians who qualify to vote absentee may cast an absentee ballot in person at the Beatley Library or the Office of Voter Registration. Voters may also request an absentee ballot to be mailed to them.

Absentee Voting in Person

To cast an in-person absentee ballot, go to either site listed below during the scheduled hours. The deadline for casting an absentee ballot in person is Saturday, November 1, at 5 p.m.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304:

  • October 25                  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • October 27-30             1 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • October 31                  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • November 1                10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Office of Voter Registrations and Elections, 132 N. Royal St, #100, Alexandria, VA 22314:

  • October 24-25             8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • October 27-30             8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • October 31                  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • November 1                8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Absentee Voting By Mail

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28. Absentee ballot applications are available online at alexandriava.gov/Elections, or by contacting the Alexandria Voter Registration Office at 703.746.4050. The signed application may be returned in person, or by mail, fax (703-838-6449) or email (VoteAbsentee@alexandriava.gov).

Photo ID Requirements for Absentee Voting

Virginia’s new photo ID requirements apply to voters who cast an absentee ballot in person. They do not apply to voters who request an absentee ballot by mail.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License or DMV-issued Photo Identification Card
  • Valid United States Passport or Passport Card
  • Valid Military ID
  • Other government-issued photo ID card (from the U.S. Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a local government within Virginia)
  • Valid student photo ID card from an institution of higher education in Virginia
  • Valid employee photo ID card

Voters who do not have acceptable identification may apply for an ID (and receive a temporary ID) at the same time they come to cast their in-person absentee ballot.

There are many reasons registered voters may qualify to vote absentee, for example, if they are:

  • Away on business, vacation, active military service, or at school.
  • Working and commuting for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day.
  • A “first responder” (firefighter, law enforcement, emergency medical technician).
  • Physically unable to go to the polls, or a primary caregiver for a family member who is ill.

For sample ballots and more information on absentee voting, seealexandriava.gov/Elections or call 703.746.4050.

Election Day Voting

On Tuesday, November 4 all regular polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Anna Leider, General Registrar, at 703.746.4050 or anna.leider@alexandriava.gov.